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What do you do after iftar?

Friday’s Storytellers reveal their Ramadan routine

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6 Jun 2017 | 02:38 pm
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Just after iftar, I head to pray Maghreb prayer with my brother. Then we sit around as a family and watch a Ramadan program on TV, all while enjoying a cup of mint tea and biscuits. Then at about eight o’clock, we head to the mosque for Ishaa prayer, which is accompanied by Taraweeh, common prayers done during Ramadan. – Noha El Chaarani

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Post iftar and after our prayers, it’s family time. One of the best moments is when my grandmother and mother along with other family members sit around the dining table and share small stories and anecdotes while munching on some specially prepared snacks. My grandmother enjoys telling us anecdotes about the Ramadan of her younger days in Kerala. She and my mum also use this family time to tell us stories from the Quran. It is truly an enriching, illuminating and relaxing time. – Feby Imthias

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One of most relaxing activities we as a family enjoy doing after iftar and after offering our prayers is to drive to a park and have a picnic of sorts with friends and their families. It’s almost like a custom in our family. This year though, thanks to the summer having set in, we might visit some of the Ramadan Night Markets which have come up across the city. Apart from a variety of foods available, there are also plenty of activities which will keep the children engaged not to mention some shopping what with a lot of deals being advertised. – Shaiza Ashraf, Dubai

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Since the roads are quite deserted right after iftar, my family and I love to go for a long drive and end the evening with a nice dinner at one of our favourite places that we’ve not been to for a long time; and top it up with ice cream. We normally buy one super scoop and then all of just sit in the car and dig in. The best part is fighting for that last bit. – Mohana Kumar

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After devouring succulent dates and roasted foods in iftar, we promptly proceed to offer our devoted prayers – a spiritual blessing. We love to go out and dine in Indian restaurants and enjoy a sumptuous buffet or keep it simple by feeding off simple foods. The aftermath includes either paying a visit to close family and friends, or attending the daily ethereal prayers at the mosque. – Rima Tulaiha

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After having iftar my main focus is on tea,either green tea or milk tea so me n my family will have a tea time. Then will get ready for isha prayer in mosque after that little meal and then straight to the bed. – Faiza Fazal

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We ensconce in our cosy corner,sharing our fasting day sipping the long awaited tea which acts like a tranquilizer to the frayed nerves and takes away all the weariness rejuvenating us to get ready for the night prayers. – Zoya Asma Khan

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After iftar, I usually go out with my friends for tea and desserts. We sit near the seaside and chat for some time, discussing the day’s affair before we return home. At times, we go for a walk at a neighbourhood park. – Fatima Suhail

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We try to go to some nice restaurants to enjoy iftar and join in the Ramadan spirit and generally go out to see the people enjoying iftar and having fun. – Rimpymanish Gupta

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Post iftar, I enjoy making the most of the late hours that the UAE’s cafes and eateries are open until and catch up with friends and family over a leisurely meal as opposed to a cursory, hurried coffee. It’s a great way to also try out new cuisines and places. All year long we keep hoping for extra hours in the day to make time for our loved ones; Ramadan is finally when you can try and get time to work in your favour for a change. – Falak Nair

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After iftar, like every Ramadan, my family and I gather in the living room to have a sip of coffee and some sweets while watching the Arabic animated shows. That usually lasts for about an hour or two, before we start getting ready to leave for the mosque. – Zahra Allowatia

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